Esther Schindler gives us the term “flowerbox indicator”

Esther Schindler recently posted about what can be called “flowerbox indicators” to the Extreme Programming Yahoo! Group:

In a Bank of America ad about their investments in crappy neighborhoods (they didn’t phrase it that way), the speaker said they knew they’d succeeded, “when the flowerboxes begin showing up on front porches.” Teams have the same sort of indirect indications, too, for good or ill.

The notion of indirect indicators and tell-tale signs of a team or project’s direction are nothing new. What I really like is the catchy name, “flowerbox indicator.” Thanks, Esther.

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